Kindergarten 2 (Age: 5 years by Sept. 30)

K2 students build on their prior knowledge and practice following three-to-four step instructions while developing the reading, math, science, and social studies prowess needed to ensure success in first grade.  The K2 program builds a solid foundation for students in all academic areas, as well as, socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

At the Academy, your child will transition through each stage of the Early Years Program with teachers who guide him/her in all aspects of development.  The goal of the Early Years Program is to foster a sense of wonder and a passion for lifelong learning in each child.

In addition to the core curriculum listed below, K2 students also have weekly classes in art, music, physical education, World Language, library, STEAM and computer.  There will also be multiple opportunities throughout the school week to learn and explore in our STEAM Mini- Makerspace, specifically designed to foster a love of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math in our youngest learners and develop a foundation of skills essential to 21st century learning.

Curriculum

Reading & Language Arts

The K2 program uses Scott Foresman’s Reading Street and Voyages in English   to build a strong basis of beginning reading and writing skills including letter   recognition and sounds, rhyming, syllable counting, decoding skills, building a sight   word vocabulary, reading comprehension skills, reading fluency, grammar,   conventions of writing, and a love of literature.  Students participate in whole   group instruction, guided reading groups, literacy centers, journaling, and writer’s   workshop experiences.

Math

The K2 program uses Sadlier’s Progress in Mathematics program which focuses on counting   to 100, numeral recognition & writing numbers to 100, patterning, sorting &   classifying, geometry, graphing, measurement, telling time, and addition &   subtraction in a hands-on format that allows students to construct meaning   through concrete experiences.

Handwriting

The K2 uses the Zaner Bloser handwriting program which focuses on correct pencil   grip, letter formation, and letter placement within lines through specific language   and the grouping of letters by similar strokes.

Social Studies

The K2 social studies program focuses on family, friends, school experiences &   rules, community, cultures & traditions, significant people & events in history, state   & country symbols, government, jobs people perform, wants versus needs, and   basic map skills.  These topics are taught both as stand alone lessons and weaved   throughout the entire curriculum.  The Let’s Find Out weekly series by Scholastic   further enhances this program.

Science

The K2 science curriculum focuses on fostering students’ natural curiosity   through   exploration and guided experimentation.  Students are encouraged to ask   questions, make predictions, experiment to discover, and reflect on their   discoveries.  Non-fiction literature selections, the  Let’s Find Out weekly series by   Scholastic, and exploration in the STEAM Mini-Makerspace further enhances   these experiences.

Religion

The K2 program uses the faith-based We Believe curriculum by Sadlier   publishers to introduce students to familiar stories from the Bible and how they   can relate to our lives.  The students learn some of the most important lessons   from Jesus like kindness, respect, caring for others, and love.